Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: Waste Package Specifications and Guidance Manager for Radioactive Waste Management Limited.

Approximate salary range for your type of role: £35-45k

DSC_0476_12.JPGAfter finishing my PhD I found myself in the same situation that many others do.  Feeling on top of the world, unstoppable and highly employable but my first job, the only job I could get, was waiting on tables at corporate events.   This is where I bumped into a friend from hockey whose table I was waiting on, “what are you doing working here?” he said, knowing full well I’d just got my PhD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ah, Christmas. Tis the season to:

  • Overcommit socially;
  • Attempt to get EVERYTHING at work tidied up before you break up for the holiday;
  • Panic about presents;
  • Stress about people coming for Christmas dinner/being  a Christmas guest.

Chance are, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’ll fall prey to PFF (Peripheral Festive Faffing) somewhere along the way and none of this is doing us any good! Read the rest of this entry »

Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: Research Development Manager (Policy and Performance), Sheffield Hallam University

Approximate salary range for your type of role: £39,000-49,000 (lecturer equivalent on the national university pay spine)

fildes.pngI finished my PhD in History in spring 2009. Towards the end of it, my focus was really just on finishing, not what was next. A week or so after I submitted, I started looking for jobs. I was never really interested in an academic career – I enjoyed my PhD but had no vocation for teaching and was aware of the ultra-competitive and precarious routes into research in my subject area. I therefore applied for quite a range of jobs – sounding interesting and my broad salary expectations were my only criteria. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a guest post from Dr Michael Trikic (@MichaelTrikic), Thesis Mentor and Technical Team Leader in the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering Education (you can read about Michael’s teaching role in Engineering here).

Reflections Picture1.jpgA recent job application and interview caused me to reflect on my career and working life. As part of this I considered mentoring: my mentors and mentees, and informal and formal mentoring including Thesis Mentoring, v i s t a, career mentoring and the GROW mentoring schemes. I concluded that mentoring has been instrumental for me getting to where I am now – doing work I enjoy and want to do. But how? Read the rest of this entry »

As we are coming towards the end of WriteFest2017 you will hopefully have been really productive getting lots of pieces of writing completed and have many words down on paper but now you will probably need to share this writing with someone, maybe your supervisor or collaborators to get feedback on what you have written.

Well what is feedback?

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Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: Senior Research Scientist, Cell Assay Development, AstraZeneca

Profile pic.jpgI did my Undergrad in Biology with a year in Industry. Initially I didn’t want to do a placement in Industry so did my year at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew working on the genetics of a particular plant genus. Following my final year undergrad, I did not feel that I wanted to do a PhD, so I looked around at what types of careers I could do and got excited about forensic science (FYI I have never watched CSI!). Read the rest of this entry »

This post follows on from part 1 which was a plea to supervisors to actively promote development in writing from early on in the PhD. 

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAY-AAAAJDI4M2VkMDFjLTNjNjAtNGRlNy1hNTgwLTEzMjE5ZmYxZWJiOA.jpgThis post is for supervisors wondering what they can actually do in the early stages of the doctorate to get their PhD’ers to learn research writing. It offers a curation of ‘in practice’ ideas that supervisors can use to frame and cultivate a gradual development of writing, drawn together form the recent, and very readable, blogosphere literature. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a guest post for WriteFest (#AcWriFest17) by Sarah Muller & Liz Trueman, Postgraduate Researchers and Writing Retreat Organisers, School of Languages & Cultures, University of Sheffield.

AHwriting.pngFinding time and space for productive writing can be a difficult task. Sometimes looming deadlines, missed extensions, a judging blank page or that nagging feeling of guilt can’t move you to get writing – sometimes these can even be the reasons why you’ve developed a writing block. We have found that whether you work in an office space or from home, there is always one more thing to prepare, one more email that has been sitting in your inbox for a while, or one more meeting that you need to attend. All of these things, as important as they may be, keep you from doing that one thing that you’ve been meaning to do for weeks now: write. Read the rest of this entry »

If I told you a PhD student developed writing skills I doubt you would be surprised. “Of course we develop writing skills – we have to slog over thousands of words to create a thesis!”

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As with any skill, the heading ‘writing skills’ hides a multitude of complexity and diversity about what it actually entails and how you have demonstrated it. If you look in a dictionary you will find a mix of definitions; Read the rest of this entry »

Each Friday we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the academy story (use the tags at the bottom of the post to find the entire list). These posts accompany our curated events to support post-PhD career transitions, v i s t a mentoring, and also #sheffvista on Twitter.

Job title and company: Principal Scientist, Cobra Biologics Ltd

FullSizeRender.jpgI work as a Principal R&D Scientist at Cobra Biologics, a contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) based in Keele, Staffordshire. I was hired as a senior Scientist in October 2016 after 6 years of postdoctoral research, so I still feel relatively new to the industry world with plenty of room to learn. Read the rest of this entry »